“My side” in the health care debate is often accused of being bereft of ideas to address the shortcomings of our current system. I recently read a nice rebuttal (below) which updates the ideas put forth (but largely ignored by MSM) in the 2009 “Health Care Summit”.
From Empty Promises on health care will haunt Obama by Byron York in The Washington Examiner:
For example, we know that the government’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has found that the new law will increase health care costs, rather than reduce them, in the coming decade. We know that cuts in Medicare, with the money saved going to pay for expanding coverage to the poor, will jeopardize seniors’ access to care. We know the law will make it impossibly expensive for companies that currently offer bare-bones health coverage to low-income employees to keep doing so. We know several corporations are taking giant write-downs because the bill will increase the cost of providing prescription drug coverage to retired employees. And perhaps most important, we know the law offers an enormous incentive for employers who currently provide coverage to workers to stop doing so, sending those workers to buy coverage in government-subsidized health care exchanges.
In sum, what the law means for millions of Americans is: No matter what the president said, if you like the coverage you have now, you can’t keep it…
The key question of health care reform has always been how to make things better for the 16 percent while not messing things up for the 82 percent. Obama decided to blow up the system for everyone.
In doing so, he has created not just well-founded anxiety in those who are skeptical of the new law but also unrealistic expectations in those who support it.
From The Replacement by Jeffrey H Anderson in The Weekly Standard
The American people want three main things out of health care reform: They want health costs to drop. They want the number of people with insurance to rise. And they want to make sure that people with expensive preexisting conditions aren’t going without medical care. Republicans can deliver on all three counts.
There are also many things that Americans don’t want out of health care reform: the loss of their health care plans; reductions in medical innovation; a decline in the quality of care; massive increases in federal spending and debt; the government injecting itself into the doctor-patient relationship; eventual federal rationing. Republicans can avoid following in Obamacare’s ominous footsteps on each of these counts.
The article details the ideas put forth in 2009 by the GOP before concluding:
The CBO has estimated that the 2009 Republican plan would lower premiums by 5 percent to 8 percent on the open market, while Obamacare would raise them by 10 to 13 percent—a massive difference.